Consider cancer risk with kids’ scans

Answer: A recent Australian study 1 confirms previous reports of an increased cancer risk among people receiving CT scans in childhood. 2,3 Although small, consider this increased risk when making diagnostic decisions.

Radiation exposure during a CT scan can equate to as much as 10 years of natural background exposure. 4 This is particularly concerning in growing children, whose actively dividing cells are more susceptible to DNA damage. 

Children are also at increased risk due to the longer term over which